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Commander Ernest Carl Castle was born in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota on 22 December 1925. He attended the U.S.
Naval Academy from which he received his commission
as an Ensign, USN on 4 June 1948.
He has served in USS MINDORO QCVE-1202, USS
NORRIS QDDE-859D and as Executive Oflicer of USS
CHATTERER CAMS-40j. In 1953, Commander Castle
attended the Post Graduate School in preparation for
assignment as Intelligence Officer on the Staff of COM-
NAV Germany. In 1956, he was assigned as Commanding
Officer of USS CROW QMSC-7j, and later became Flag
Secretary for Commander Cruiser Division FIVE. He has
served as a legislative assistant in the office of the Secre-
tary of the Navy, and in the oflice of the Secretary of
Defense. Following command of USS SERRANO QAGS-
24j, he became U.S. Naval Attache to Israel.
In addition to campaign medals for World War II and
Korea, Commander Castle is holder of the Silver Star
Medal. Commander Castle is married to the former Wilma
G. Graff of Sious Falls, South Dakota.
Commander ErnestC. Castle, USN
For the men of TUTUILA and their families, the events recorded in this book cover the highlights of the past year's
history of our ship, USS TUTUILA. A one year span has a special meaning for us. It is the exact length of time each of
the men appearing in these pages spend in their Vietnam tour of duty. Many have kept charts to check off the days. There
is even a reminder of those charts within this book. To count the days of separation from loved ones is understandable.
It is especially understandable in the case of TUTUILA'S sailors who have marked oil' each of those days with a full measure
of work and duty. The men this book records performed important necessary jobs everyday they were aboard. Each man,
regardless of his division assignment, helped create and preserve TUTUILA'S "CAN-DO", E- ship reputation. You all
met every new and difficult challenge that came to us. You manned the ship that "repaired", "restored" and "renewed",
and kept the Navy's gun ships and craft ready for action. We missed some of the glamor experienced by other ships, but
we made it possible for them to do the glamor jobs.
You men of TUTUILA and your families have in this souvenir cruise book both the memories of the year past and
a constant reminder that you did a hard and vital job well. You gave generously and patriotically of yourselves. For that,
your ship, your Navy, your country and the Free World are, in some measure, in your debt forever.
Ernest C. Castle”